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OKP # 25 - Pat McGale Pt1 - Okinawa Kenpo

Season 1, Ep. 25

Pat McGale started training at the age of five with Master Odo Seikichi of Okinawa Kenpo. By age seven he had already cut himself badly with kama, by age 13 he was competing in the black belt division in karate and kobudo tournaments and bringing home hardware.


Five decades later he is still training and teaching Okinawa Karate.


In Episode 1 with Pat Sensei we learn about his time in Okinawa Kenpo from age 5 to 23.

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